Victoria is Ricardo Energy & Environments’ Head of Waste Technical Services. A chartered waste manager with 18 years’ experience in the waste and resources sector, Victoria’s career has spanned the globe, initiating in the UK, followed by 5 years in Australia, and 2 years in the Middle East, before returning to the UK in 2017.
With a Recycling Technology Masters degree from University of Wales, Swansea, she started her career as Recycling and Education Officer at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, where she was involved in the roll-out of a green waste kerbside collection scheme, along with delivering a communications programme focussed on schools and community groups. In this role, Victoria also presented to elected members, to gain buy-in for new scheme introductions.
Victoria has since worked as a consultant in the UK, Australia and Middle East, for clients such as WRAP, DEFRA, Welsh Government, Local Authorities and the private sector. Her initial consultancy role focussed on auditing Council recycling collections in Wales (Welsh Government Exemplar project) and the design / re-design of numerous HWRCs to maximise recycling, on LA sites across the UK. She was seconded to the Welsh Government to support with the Towards Zero Waste strategy in 2010.
Most recently and prior to joining Ricardo in 2021, she supported Resource Efficiency Wales and the Collaborating Local Authorities in Resource Efficiency (CLAIRE) Wales group. She led the development of a Repair Directory, and also supported the regional WEEE and batteries tender and supported the regional textiles contract, which required increased management in 2020, due to COVID and the impacts on global markets for material offtake.
Victoria was involved in weekly meetings with the CLAIRE Councils from the start of the COVID pandemic. From this she experienced a focus on managing HWRCs and service provision, including introduction of booking systems, best practice guidance for collections and HWRCs and additional health and safety measures to mitigate against COVID. She also experienced the challenges and opportunities Council Officers faced when dealing with staffing issues and service level provision.
Victoria conducted a HWRC / reuse-site review of Caerphilly Council’s existing and planned facilities. She is currently Project Director for a LA resilience project for the Welsh Local Government Association.
Victoria developed a draft PAS for pneumatic waste collection systems with the British Standards Institute, and worked for Envac, developing technical content for operations and maintenance documentation on projects in Wembley and Barking Riverside, London.
She has conducted numerous collection service options appraisals and system designs, both in the UK, Australia and the Middle East. She has conducted research projects into recycling from Multi Unit Dwellings and developed a best practice guidance toolkit for household organics collections for the Australian government (intended for LA use).
Victoria has provided technical procurement support to various Councils, including both Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils. She has led options assessment and business case development for waste services and infrastructure projects (for public and private sector clients).
She has significant waste communications expertise, including leading member presentations and workshops, as part of consultation processes, and presenting at seminars and conferences.
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